Assistant Press Secretary / Director of the International Press Division of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Natsuko Sakata said that Japan is mulling a loan of $300 million to Jordan.
During a meeting with a number of journalists in Amman on Friday, the Japanese official stressed the importance of the vital and pivotal role that Jordan plays to achieve peace and stability in the region, adding that the Kingdom's role is respected and appreciated by the international community.
She also highlighted the importance of King Abdullah's visit to Japan, the bilateral talks held between the two sides and the existing strategic partnership, pointing out that the Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono's visit to Jordan on Friday comes to follow-up on His Majesty's visit to Japan, the outcome of his talks and mechanisms of implementation it.
The Japanese official stressed the importance of the Jordanian-Japanese strategic dialogue, which was launched yesterday and its role in strengthening and institutionalizing bilateral cooperation, implementing joint projects and coordinating positions and efforts on various international issues, pointing out that the second round of this dialogue will be held in Japan next year.
"The Petra Museum, which is being implemented through a $7-million Japanese grant, will be opened next year, she added.
"We are coordinating with Jordan to support its efforts to ensure that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) continues to provide services to the refugees," the official said.
She said that Japan contributed $ 45 million to UNRWA this year, in addition to co-sponsoring a conference on supporting (UNRWA), pointing out the importance of providing financial allocations to UNRWA to enable it to continue its services.
The Japanese official reviewed the Japan-sponsored peace and prosperity corridor initiative that aims to achieve peace and economic empowerment, especially for the Palestinians and the projects carried out in this regard.
She also pointed out the importance of the Aqaba meetings to combat terrorism, extremism and dark ideologies that threaten all.
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